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How The West Was Drawn

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I thought I would go ahead and post a portion of this image. Mind you, the entire image is HUGE. A friend of mine commissioned me to do an illustration for his home decor. The requirement was that the drawing had to be seven feet across by 2 and a half feet tall. Well, being someone to never shy away from a challenge, I drew a gigantic pan of a western town ... with just about every cowboy movie clique in it! This selection I'm sharing with you is perhaps an 18 inch (maybe two feet) portion of the total image.

It was quite a task because the image is a pen and ink with sepia wash. I first roughed out the image on a cheaper paper, and then transferred the rough using my light box onto a high quality 100% rag Strathmore paper. To do this, I had to roll up the drawing, and then unroll it in sections over the light box to pull it off, but I managed to transfer the image. Then, I tightened up the drawing and inked it.

--Marcelo

15 comments :

Mark McDonnell said...

INCREDIBLE man, wonderful action and control of tone. Nice Marcelo. Really well done.

MAC

eRICK DESIGNs said...

Hi marcelo, thanks for your message. I'm just starting in this world, like you said its an experimentation and i'll keep working hard to make my page better.If you have some advices let me know...I'm also going to check in on you....see you

J said...

THis is absolutely amazing. Well within the traditional of Wyeth and Cornwell. Beautiful.

Noah Klocek said...

I have been waiting for you to start you own blog for a while. I love the image of the whale lower on your blog, it really is to bad that there is not a market for that work in illustration anymore. great work as expected.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks guys! Thanks for the kind words.

I agree with you Noah, it would be nice to see a classic approach to contemporary novels.

--Marcelo

David Colman said...

I dont know what to say Moe, you continue to amaze me. Absolutely mantastic!!!!

To think it is done w/pen and ink wash is truly astounding..okay enough kind words...

so how long did this take you, from conception to completion....??

Marcelo Vignali said...

Coh,

This image took about three weeks from start to finish ... and in the mean time I moved from Utah to California with the family.

I started this image at my studio in Utah, doing the rough sketch, the transfer, the pencil and the ink in the comforts of my studio. Packed up the studio and the family ... moved into corporate housing being provided by Sony, and in the week in-beteen when I was supposed to start work at Sony, completed this image. I had to, it was a hard deadline! I wouldn't have the time to work on this image once I started my job with Sony.

I brought some baby food jars with different in wash values, my brushes and a small art table to California. Imagine me, putting washes on this seven foot image ... with a six inch boarder on each side bringing the total size of the paper to eight feet, scrolling and unscrolling the image and putting the values on a couple feet at a time.

Fortunately, I had a good value comp, and knew exactly where I was going with the values. I would have to lay it across the bed and stand up on a chair to get a look at the whole thing at one time. I would adjust the values here and there ... and presto ... I managed to complete the image, and turn it over before the week was over.

That following Monday, I started working at Sony.

--Marcelo

Kristian Antonelli said...

There is so much to view here..mind boggling but trully awesome! I love your work and inspirational words..great work marcello

Sam Rowan said...

this is a hidden gem of the net diamond in the rough , you are clearly a master

ELiza Jäppinen said...

Wow... I just love the depth in it. Great motion and composition. Also a very nice behind on the guy in the front. ;)

Jeremy said...

Wow, really unbelievable work! Love the life drawing too. It's amazing to see work at this level; congratulations and best of luck at Sony!

bboy said...

great work, thanks for the inspiration

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

all i can say is, holy $#@&! that is one sick piece!

Ben Lane said...

Holy Christ you're good!

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